We’re so excited about the NEW Katie Daisy Travel-Size Journal. It’s perfect for recording your gratitude lists, meditations, prayers, poems, diary entries, or even your daily to-do lists. To celebrate the release, we’re doing a giveaway on Facebook. You can enter to win by liking or commenting on this Facebook post. We’ll randomly select 2 winners (US address entries only) at 12:00 p.m. (PT), Friday, January 18. Continue reading
Who is the wild woman? She’s the grit and grace inside that insists we claim our voice, trust our instinct, and fearlessly cast off forces that insist on perfection and oppression. She will not allow the plundering of the divine feminine or our natural resources. She will not be tamed. We crave her protection and we long to bask in her healing presence. We bravely step up, howling with the insistence that we will no longer live without her. We brazenly demand a fulfilling life, one in which we embrace our true essence. She will rise and so shall we. For there is no force more powerful than a determined woman.
Sophie Wilkins’s evocative illustrations are ripe with symbolism. Wilkins explores the myriad expressions of the divine feminine with animal guides as companions. Writer Angi Sullins implores us to cultivate a sanctuary for the wild woman in homes, studios, gardens, and boardrooms around the planet and in the depths of our souls.
Amber Lotus Publishing is celebrating Thinking of You Week with a greeting card bundle giveaway.
Thinking of You Week (September 24 – 30, 2018) is coming to the United States this year, thanks to the Greeting Card Association. First launched in the U.K., this weeklong celebration seeks to create awareness for the positive impact a handwritten greeting card can have on the recipient—especially when it’s unexpected—and to encourage a wave of more meaningful connections and caring throughout the year. USPS is getting in on the fun with a special postmark for all first-class stamped mail in September.
To celebrate the week, we’re giving away 3 greeting card bundles. Each bundle contains 5 of our bestselling designs. You can enter to win by liking or commenting on this post on Facebook. We’ll randomly select 3 winners (US address entries only) at 12:00 p.m. (PT), Tuesday, September 18.
It’s that time of year again! We’re excited to introduce nine new wall calendar titles for 2019. Click each image below to see more info about each one or browse our full selection of over 75 calendars on our website.
Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes. Tim Campbell is our VP Director of Sales.
Thirty Years and Thirty One Words
Listen to what anyone says
as though it were the last words
of a father to his son.
Listen with that much compassion,
and you’ll never feel jealousy
or anger again.
This was the first quote* I ever chose for an Amber Lotus calendar, nearly 20 years ago. On the one hand, that means I can only speak to 20 of the 30 years of Amber Lotus’s history. On the other hand, the transformative power of that quote has never left my mind, and it has informed all my subsequent text choices. I use this quote as a guiding hand precisely because of the profound spiritual instruction that it offers in just 31 words. Reading this passage every day for one month can become the start of a revolution. Thanks to our beloved contributor, Jane English (Tao wall calendar), we refer to our calendars as a book you read one page per month. Through his modern-day interpreter Coleman Barks, Rumi also says, “Whenever someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in their hand.” Month by month our effort is to light that candle.
When drops of water fill a vase
it is neither the first drop that fills it
nor the last or any drop individually…
These verses from the famous Tibetan mind training text Wheel of Sharp Weapons describes the history of Amber Lotus. That history is continually made and remade drop by drop, action by action. Amber Lotus was founded in 1988 by western students of the Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. While we are no longer focused exclusively on Tibetan Buddhist causes, we honor our origin with our efforts to practice Right Livelihood, which I interpret as doing the most good with the least harm. To that end, Amber Lotus has planted 750,000 trees since 2008, and we’re on our way to 1 million and beyond. I’m happy to say that Amber Lotus is carbon negative. Each year, the trees we have planted offset our carbon footprint more than 40 times. It doesn’t do to make too much of our present efforts, and it’s true to say we still have work to do in the environmental department. Internally, we are taking steps to become more and more paper-free.
As Amber Lotus enters its fourth decade, and I enter my sixth, we will strive to listen with compassion to our customers, authors, artists, reps, friends and each other, and to take mindful care of each drop we add to the vase that is our shared planet.
* Excerpt from “Dying” from The Hand of Poetry by Coleman Barks
New for 2018-2019… the Geninne Zlatkis On-The-Go planner. We’re so excited! We love Geninne and her delightful feathered friends. Read more about Geninne and her process.
- 5″ x 7″ weekly planner (10″ x 7″ open).
- 17-month calendar — August 2018 through December 2019 — perfect for school and academic planning.
- The perfect gift for creative inspiration.
- Uplifting graphics by Geninne D Zlatkis guide you through the weeks.
- Monthly 2-page-spread views facilitate big-picture planning.
- Weekly spreads with ample writing space.
- Wire-O binding offers lie-flat ease and convenience.
- Inside pocket for storing receipts and mementos.
- Extra lined pages to record notes and reminders.
- Elastic band closure.
- Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
- Features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world’s major religions.
Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes, starting with Creative Director Leslie Gignilliat-Day and her husband, Lawson Day, who purchased Amber Lotus in January 2000.
A Little Bit of History from the Owners of Amber Lotus Publishing
Lawson and I were living in New York City where he was an investment banker with Chase Manhattan Bank and I was a graphic designer with my own studio. One day he came home and announced that he wanted out of the banking business. That moment of self-determination took us through several twists and turns and led to the discovery of a boutique publishing company that was for sale. Long story short, we purchased Amber Lotus and moved to San Francisco to take over the reins. Lawson’s role was to run the management side of the business while mine was to run the product design and manufacturing side.
For Lawson, one of the many attractions of ALP was the editorial content. “Mr. Banker” was a voracious reader of Eastern spirituality and considered himself a student of Taoism and Buddhism. As a designer, I was excited to create beautiful products, but the editorial content—Eastern spirituality—was a complete unknown to me. And so for me began a wondrous mind- and heart- expanding education in the great wisdom teachings of the world.
Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. Long hours and unrelenting responsibilities are your constant companions. But at the same time, the fulfillment of owning your own business—the self-determination, the creative inspiration, the nurturing and growing of something that you value—is the reward and fuel that carries you ever onward.
Today, in recognition of Amber Lotus’s 30 years of existence, I am profoundly grateful for all that has transpired since that fated day when Lawson’s desire to leave his “known” changed the direction of our lives. And lastly, a word for the amazing, talented, dedicated, and generally terrific people we work with—staff and contributors, both past and present: I can only say we could not have done any of this without you. We love you. We are blessed.
During 2017, Amber Lotus Publishing funded the planting of another 100,000 trees. This brings the growing number to 750,000 trees planted since 2008. We are honored to work with Trees for the Future to replenish the resources used in crafting our products.
What began as a simple strategy to offset the number of trees used to produce our products has morphed into a fundamental component of our ongoing mission to embrace the concepts of Right Livelihood and mindful living. As our president Lawson Day says, “We intend to continue planting as many trees as we can for as long as we can.”
Thank you for purchasing our calendars, greeting cards, coloring books, and journals. And for being a part of our mission.
Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to be a carbon-negative independent publisher. Read more about our efforts and philosophy of Art, Commerce, and Service.